Yarn: Cleckheaton Country Naturals for the main color (85% wool, 15% other stuff), Knit Picks Wool of the Andes for the sash stripe (100% wool) "pumpkin"
Pattern: Oriental Lily (free pattern)
Size: 24 months
Finished: partway through November
I found this yarn in the clearance section of my LYS (the very same yarn that I used for this and this) after I had special-ordered one more ball to finish a previous project. They weren't carrying it on their shelves anymore so obviously they had ordered a quantity just to get my one ball and then clearance-priced the rest. If that didn't make me morally obligated to buy the extra yarn, then I don't know what would. (And, at only $3 a pop, it wasn't so painful...)
I let it simmer in my stash for a while and then came across the pattern for this dress while surfing one day. Boom. Instant match. The yarn was perfect for the dress and the dress was perfect for my babe. I agonized a bit over what to do with the sash color choice (since I was only letting myself knit from stash on this one, seriously...NOT worth it to buy something just for a little sash) and was still not sure when knitting it that it would work out color-wise. But my final verdict is favorable. I like how the pumpkin sash picks up the natural flecks in the lavender/periwinkle yarn (this is way more obvious when you see it in person).
The pattern is super simple (knit from the top down in the round, no seaming) and could not be cuter. I'm making it work for Amelia this year, though it is definitely too big. Next year will be perfect!
Dan calls it her "Amelia Skywalker" dress. That's okay by me. At least I'm knitting for the force!